Former Yankees star Alex Rodriguez is returning to the team as a special advisor.
"He has a lot to offer," manager Aaron Boone said. "So hopefully with him being on board now, hopefully it's an opportunity for him to impact our team. Everyone understands how smart of a baseball mind he is, and his ability to communicate that sometimes is really something he's special at, especially with the younger guys, and we hope to benefit from that."
Other former Yankees Hideki Matsui, Nick Swisher, and Reggie Jackson are also serving in advisory roles during the spring.
"These are exciting times for the New York Yankees, and I do not take this opportunity for granted," said Rodriguez, who will also be working as an analyst for ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball. "I am genuinely thankful for the trust the organization has placed in me, and I am looking forward to lending whatever support or expertise is needed of me."
Rodriguez hit .283 with 1,096 RBIs and 351 home runs in 12 seasons with the Yankees and helped the team win the 2009 World Series. He won the AL MVP twice as a member of the Yankees and was a 14-time All-Star during his 22-year career.